This is the thirty-fourth post in the Around the World Birthday Extravaganza Series. Please scroll to the bottom to see all the other posts in this series.
Yes, here I am, seeking out Din Tai Fungs around the world again.
There's just something I love about this Taiwanese dumpling chain that has now spread pretty far around the world. I've personally visited close to ten of them worldwide, including ones in
Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore and all over the U.S. (Arcadia, Los Angeles, Bellevue). And now, Din Tai Fung Hong Kong.
Interestingly, I still haven't visited the one in Tokyo, even though I've been to Japan probably more times than all those other countries combined, excluding the U.S.
We met friends for dinner at Din Tai Fung our second night in Hong Kong. Our friends have a baby so we decided to meet at Din Tai Fung around 4:30PM to avoid the lines (as expected, there was no wait at that hour).
The Din Tai Fung in Hong Kong is the only one to have ever official received a Michelin star (2010 guide to Hong Kong and Macau). In the new 2017 guide, it no longer has a Michelin star, but is still listed as a bib gourmand (good quality, good value cooking).
Every table receives a free snack of dried bean curd, edamame, and peanuts.
I always enjoy the simple marinated cucumbers, which are salted and tossed in chili oil. It's refreshing and delicious.
I really like any freshly stir fried greens at Din Tai Fung. They are always executed well, and these stir fried pea tendrils were no exception.
I love their pan fried dumplings (or pot stickers), which have that perfect crispy flat bottom.
Spicy wontons were fine, but I think I prefer Sichuan versions of this dish better.
These bean curd skin wrapped pork dumplings and tofu puffs came in a flavorful, clear broth.
I like getting the pork and vegetable dumplings (which are like 90% vegetable), because they are a fun, tasty way to get green leafy vegetables. I also love the QQ chewiness of the skins.
My favorite - the Black Truffle Soup Dumplings. These are expensive but soooo worth it - they are probably my favorite soup dumpling in the world. There are chunks of black truffle inside each dumpling. Each bite results in a heavenly burst of black truffle earthiness and juicy pork umami.
If you are a fan of any type of truffles, you must order this one.
Dan Dan noodles are rich and flavorful.
Dessert steamed buns are always fun. Here we ordered the black sesame one.
And last but not least, taro dumplings for dessert - my favorite. They are not too sweet and the chewy skin texture is so addictive, I can easily eat 5-6 of these even after I think I am full from dinner. They keep OK overnight in the fridge, so I've definitely brought them onto the plane the next morning and finished them before landing. 😉
All in all, I love this restaurant. The food is very good and the prices, although a bit higher than in Taiwan, are still reasonable. It was a pleasure catching up with our friends over dreamworthy dumplings, delicious noodles, and a nice variety of vegetables.
Din Tai Fung Hong Kong (multiple locations)
Other Din Tai Fungs (I've visited)
Din Tai Fung Sydney, Australia
Din Tai Fung Arcadia, California
Din Tai Fung Los Angeles, California
Din Tai Fung Bellevue, Washington
Din Tai Fung Beijing & Shanghai, China
Din Tai Fung Taipei, Taiwan
Ding Tai Fung Singapore (Marina Bay Sands)
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